Best Horse Racing Bets for Thursday, June 3, 2021

| June 3, 2021 5:28 am PDT

Thursday’s picks come to us from Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, and Gulfstream Park. Belmont is ramping up the running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, and they’re featuring three stakes races on Thursday to whet our wagering appetites.

Before you dive in, remember that you can find all the races for these three tracks with a quick visit to any of the top horse racing wagering sites.

Good luck!

Thursday Picks for Belmont Park

We’re starting with race six—the Intercontinental Stakes (Grade III), a seven-furlong turf run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I agree with the morning line on this one and buying a win ticket for the 6/5 favorite, Regal Glory.

This five-year-old mare finished in the money ten of her 12 career starts, winning seven. Her two most recent races were wins: the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf Stakes (Grade III) last September and the Plenty of Grace Stakes (Black Type) in April at Aqueduct.

Multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad C. Brown works with Regal Glory for owner Peter M. Brant. Brown has top jockey, Jose L. Ortiz in the irons for this run; Ortiz was aboard for Regal Glory’s last two wins, as well.

In race seven—the Astoria Stakes (Black Type), a 5-1/2 furlong main track run for two-year-old fillies—I’m backing the morning line favorite in this race: Happy Soul at 1/2.

This filly moneyed both of her career starts, winning her maiden on the second try (she ran second in her initial maiden run).

She also established some very impressive speed figures in those two runs, and her times in recent workouts are likewise short and sweet.

Breeders’ Cup star Wesley A. Ward trains Happy Soul for owner Gayla Rankin. for this ride, Ward is sticking with the jockey who has been aboard for both of Happy Soul’s earlier starts: John R. Velazquez.

Incidentally, Velazquez won the 2016 Astoria Stakes aboard Bode’s Dream. He also won it in 2007 with Glacken’s Gal and in 2000 riding Raging Fever.

Race eight—the Wonder Again Stakes (Grade III)—is a 1-1/8 mile turf run for three-year-old fillies. I’m betting on the British import, Gift List, second-favored by the morning line at 7/2.

This filly has never placed below second in any of her seven starts, and she’s won three of them, including her most recent race, the Edgewood Stakes (Grade II) at Churchill Downs in April. Earlier that month, she placed second in the Appalachian Stakes (also Grade II) at Keeneland.

Gift List is trained by top-ranked Brian A. Lynch for owner Amerman Racing, LLC. Lynch put Castellano aboard for both of Gift List’s American runs.

My Thursday Picks for Churchill Downs

We’re on the turf for race five, a 5-1/2 furlong run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. If this race moves to the main track, bet on the also-eligible (MTO) 8/5 favorite, Inthemidstofbiz, with ace jockey Francisco Arrieta aboard.

This five-year-old mare moneyed ten of her 14 career starts, winning seven, including the Satin and Lace Stakes (Listed) at Presque Isle Downs last August and the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (Grade II) at Keenland in October. Her most recent start was an allowance claiming race at Indiana Grand, which she also won.

Co-owner Cipriano Contreras trains Inthemidstofbiz for himself and Andrew Knapczyk.

Of course, if Inthemidstofbiz does not run in this race, then your money should be on 7/2 morning line turf favorite, Dixieincandyland, ridden by veteran jockey Tyler Gaffalione.

This five-year-old mare finished in the money ten of her 17 career starts, winning four. She has not done well in stakes races, but this is an allowance race, and her competition here—with the exception of the Inthemidstofbiz—has been equally challenged in that regard.

Eddie Kenneally trains Dixieincandyland for owner Russ Davis Revocable Trust.

In race seven, a one-miler on the main track for fillies and mares three years old and upward, I’m betting my money on the second-favored (at 7/2) Break Curfew, ridden by Francisco Arrieta.

This five-year-old mare finished in the money 13 of her 23 career starts, winning two. Her recent workouts show superlative times, and her speed figures have remained consistently high this year.

Rick Hiles trains Break Curfew for owners Paradise Farms Corp. and R. Townsend Sparks.

Back on the turf for race eight—a 5-1/2 furlong run for three-year-olds and upward—I’m betting on the second-favored (on turf) entry, Convection, ridden by James Graham.

This three-year-old colt won both of his career starts. That’s good enough for me, but if you need more convincing, his speed figures for both his starts are very competitive for this 11-horse field.

The consistently top-ranked Thomas M. Amoss trains Convection for Bayou Bengal Racing Stable.

Thursday’s Picks for Gulfstream Park

On the turf for race three—a one-mile grass run for Florida-bred three-year-olds—I’m betting on the 8/5 morning line favorite, Fulmini, with top jockey Edwin Gonzalez in the irons.

This colt finished in the money seven of his ten career starts, winning two. Three of his money finishes were in Black Type stakes races, including a second-place finish in one of his most recent—the Cutler Bay Stakes here at Gulfstream in March.

Fulmini is trained by Carlos A. David for Bell Racing, LLC.

After five years of assisting training veteran Jason Servis, David set out on his own in 2018 and was ranked among the top 100 trainers for both earnings and wins in 2020.

Race six is a one-mile run on turf for three-year-old fillies, and my money is on the fourth-favored (at 5/1) Frankie’s Girl, with Luca Panici in the irons.

This filly moneyed all five of her career starts, winning one. Her speed figures are as good as any in this field and better than most. Trainer Carlos Luis Perez works with Frankie’s Girl for owner Clap Embroidery.

On the turf again for race eight—a five-panel run for three-year-olds and upward—my pick is an easy one: Go with whichever horse ace jockey Edwin Gonzalez is riding.

On turf, that will be French Reef, the 2/1 turf favorite. This five-year-old gelding moneyed five of his ten career starts, winning three.

Rohan Crichton trains French Reef for owner Ramon B. Murphy.

On the main track, your bet should be on the 8/5 dirt favorite, Front Loaded. This seven-year-old gelding finished in the money 26 of his 41 career starts, winning ten.

Front Loaded is trained by Georgina Baxter for owners Averill Racing, LLC and ATM Racing. Baxter has a short but impressive record in training, winning thoroughbreds; Equibase reports her career (2018-present) wins/WPS percentages are 27%/59%.

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